It is usually possible to stop non-emergency bleeding by applying direct and steady pressure to the wound for at least 15 minutes, according to WebMD. Elevating the wound can help as well.
WebMD recommends removing items from the wound if possible, and putting on medical gloves if they are available. In not, clean clothes or a plastic bag can work as well. Although 15 minutes is a long time, the person administering the medical aid must resist the temptation to stop and look at the wound until it has stopped bleeding. In cases in which victims needs medical attention, keeping pressure on the wound until help arrives can reduce the amount of blood they lose.